Lenexa, KS (population: 49,185) has two music therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ottawa University, the highest ranked school in this group with a music therapy program, has a total student population of 525. It is the 692nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Music Therapy students from Lenexa schools who go on to become music therapists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, art therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 80,790 people working as art, drama, and music teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $68,230. Also, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees make on average $51,720 per year and there are about 1,745,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 14,350 employed arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees earning an average salary of $48,240. Art, drama, and music teachers in this area earn $51,840/yr and there are 450 employed.
Lenexa lies in Johnson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.459 out of every 1000 jobs in Lenexa are held by art, drama, and music teachers, and 14.524/1000 are held by arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees.
Of the 2 music therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Lenexa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Kansas comes out as the most expensive ($17,254/yr) for music therapy students, with Ottawa University as the lowest, reported at only $16,212/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lenexa|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||17.0 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||17.0 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||22.1 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||28.3 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||55.4 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||77.6 miles|